If you use both Chrome and Gmail, then the list of extensions and apps gets better and better. The days of a simple basic inbox are now over. If you thought threaded conversations were the best thing since sliced bread, then the ones we have here below will make your pants blow off.
Now before the Firefox zealots send the hit squad after me, I would like it to be known that I will be spreading the delicious creamy Gmail goodness across the Firefox piece of bread very soon. Watch this space.
Block the Annoyers with Block Sender
This is my all-time personal favourite extension right now. Do you have really annoying relatives? Perhaps a demented ex-girlfriend who makes Stephen King’s Carrie look like a well-adjusted young lady? Or simply a newsletter that won’t take an unsubscribe for an answer? Whatever the reason, Block Sender gives you a block button to send them all off to your trash bin. Har! Har!
But it gets even better than that. After blocking them, you can then send them a fake “failed permanently” error message. That will make them think you have shut down your address, and they will hopefully then leave you alone. High five!
A Big Window with Old Compose
Google makes a lot of changes to their products. Many good, but just as many bad. And when they make a bad one, they almost never respond to user complaints and reverse themselves. They simply dig their heels in and adopt a “you’ll get used to it” attitude.
But you shouldn’t have to get used to it, and if you look hard enough, you will usually find someone who feels the same way as you, and has found a way back. This is the case with “Old Compose”. There are many people who hate the new Gmail compose window and want to go back to the old one. This extension does just that,
The only snag is that if you have any other Gmail-related extensions going, then they may conflict with this one. So you may need to make some hard choices if you find yourself in that situation.
Create Your Own with Newsletter Creator
Of course, there are numerous newsletter creators and senders out there, but have you ever thought that your Gmail account could be used for that? Nope, me neither. But apparently this extension allows you to do exactly that. You can design your email newsletters, and maintain an email mailing list. Oh, and you can also track the performance of those emails.
This is a service with both a free and a paid plan. The only restriction for the free plan is that you can’t have any more than 25 subscribers. So this would be good for a small club, group, association, etc. Paid plans start at $10 a month.
Get Email Insights with Sidekick
There are several extensions around, which give you extensive information about the person who is emailing you. The most well-known is Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn not too long ago. But now rivals are starting to nip at Rapportive’s heels, and one of them is Sidekick.
The benefits of Sidekick are numerous. When you open an email, you can see the person’s job title, where they work, social profiles, and recent tweets (good for filtering out the crazies!). You can also schedule emails to be sent later (just like Boomerang or Streak).
But the best feature is being told whether or not your email has been opened and read. There’s nothing worse than sending an email and not knowing whether or not it arrived, and has been read (think of an important application). Now you can know.
Remember that really bad movie back in the 1990’s with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Yeah this one :
Notice how they sat at their computers, hearing AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail!”. Do you miss those nostalgic days of hearing that? “You’ve Got Gmail” aims to bring that back. After installing, every time you get new email, you will get the AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail!” announcement. If it starts to annoy you, you can mute it.
Make your inboxes cool with a dash of movie catchphrase and a dose of fake error messages. Then come back here and tell me which Chrome extensions you are using to make your inboxes look fantastic.
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